Things To Know When Buying A Used Power Vehicle
If you are considering purchasing a previously owned power wheelchair, sometimes called electric wheelchairs, you might be wondering how you can avoid purchasing someone’s “lemon.”
There are several factors that should be considered to ensure that you get a power vehicle that will suit your needs.
A few questions that should be answered first include:
Where will you be using the wheelchair the most often? While many are designed for both indoor and outdoor use, others are made strictly for indoor use only.
Will you need to transport the device frequently? If so, you might want to consider a foldable or travel electric model.
What do you weigh? Most can accommodate up to 300 pounds, but a few are only rated for 250 pounds. It’s important to choose the right one for your weight.
Which is the most comfortable seat size? One thing many people overlook is the width of the seat. Be sure to use a measuring tape or guide to ensure you don’t end up with a unit that has a seat that is too tight or too loose to be comfortable for you.
Once you begin shopping, you might consider using the following list of questions to help determine the condition of the wheelchair, as well as whether it fits your needs stated above.
Questions to Ask When Buying Used Models
- Are there any special features included? (Such as power leg lifts or a power tilt)
- What is the overall condition of the chair and the batteries? (Ask about the age of the batteries if they know)
- Does it accommodate your weight and preferred seat size?
- Do you offer a satisfaction guarantee or warranty for repairs?
- How will the wheelchair be delivered? If it is shipped, is insurance provided?
- Will it arrive in one piece or is some assembly required?
- Is there a separate charger? (Some models have chargers built-in to the chair)
- Will the user manual be included?
- Does the seller know the last service date?
- Is the seller willing to provide a receipt that includes their name, address, and phone number?
Remember that power vehicle batteries, generally speaking, only last every 18 to 24 months, so if the batteries are already 12 to 15 months old, you might be replacing them fairly soon.
What to Consider When Purchasing a Power Wheelchair
When buying a used model, it will give you peace of mind to purchase one from a reputable company.
If you plan on buying from a private party, warranties are often not provided and the seller may not be knowledgeable about the features or service date. If possible, have an expert check the wheelchair before purchase, especially if it appears to be a "bargain" price.
Asking for references is always a good idea, as is asking for referrals from your friends, healthcare provider, or physical therapists.
Life with a power wheelchair can mean a life of mobility and greater independence.